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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, march 24, 2016

OSU-CHS hosts Topping Off Ceremony for Tandy Building construction

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Trudy Milner, D.O., member of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents and an OSU-COM alumna, signs a steel beam during the Topping Off Ceremony for the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building on Tuesday with OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., left, and Paul Giehm, senior vice president of Trust Company of Oklahoma and Tandy Foundation advisor.

OSU-CHS hosted a special Topping Off Ceremony on Tuesday marking the last beam put in place during construction of the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building.

Trudy Milner, D.O., OSU/A&M Board of Regents member and an OSU-COM alumna, and Paul Giehm, senior vice president of Trust Company of Oklahoma and A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation adviser, signed an orange steel beam to signify the project’s progress during the ceremony. After the ceremony, students, faculty and staff were also invited to sign the beam.

The Tandy Foundation provided $8 million toward construction of the 84,000-square-foot building, the largest gift provided to OSU-CHS. The building will include a state-of-the-art hospital simulation center that will include a fully operational emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, birthing suite and ambulance bay, enabling students to practice procedures and skills commonly utilized in hospitals across the country. Officials anticipate the facility will be completed in 2017.

Research Spotlight: Students examine incarceration, mental health

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As head of the forensic psychology track at OSU-CHS, Ron Thrasher, Ph.D., oversees a broad array of graduate student research projects – from studying the effectiveness of drug courts to using new technology to solve cold case murders.

“As a 35-year law enforcement retiree, I have a focus and intent that my students’ research interests are mine as well,” said Thrasher, associate professor of forensic sciences. “I support my students in individual research projects that are beneficial to society and the students themselves.”

Forensic psychology is the application of behavioral sciences within the field of law and criminal justice. One of the fastest-growing disciplines within psychology, the demand for forensic psychologists is anticipated to increase 14 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Watch a video of Thrasher discussing his forensic sciences students’ research projects at the Research Spotlight website. Read more.

Medical students head to state Capitol for Osteopathic Medicine Day

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OSU-COM students stand on the marble steps last year during Osteopathic Medicine Day at the Capitol.

A group of OSU-CHS medical students plan to advocate for the osteopathic profession during the annual Osteopathic Medicine Day at the Oklahoma Capitol on Wednesday, March 30.

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association will host lunch and an early legislative briefing outlining legislation that impacts osteopathic medicine in the state. Topics include state funding of OSU Medical Center, regulations that endanger patient access to health care and the need for more primary care physicians in rural Oklahoma.

In the afternoon, students will meet with lawmakers to discuss health care concerns and osteopathic medicine in Oklahoma. The students also will be introduced in both the House and Senate chambers. OSU-CHS students also will travel to Washington, D.C. on April 13 to discuss health policies with members of Congress on DO Day on Capitol Hill.

Ballard guest speaker at women in paleontology-themed Paleofest

Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D., was a guest speaker at this year’s Paleofest.

Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy, recently spoke about the use of fossil bone histology at Paleofest, an annual meeting earlier this month at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois.

She was among 20 internationally renowned female paleontologists invited to present their research during the event. This year’s meeting theme was Women in Paleontology. Her presentation, A Story of Teenage Angst: Jane, Petey, and the Nanotyrannus Identity Crisis, explored how fossil bone histology can be used to determine the age of young Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs and correctly identify dinosaur species.

Ballard has been lauded for leading a study that provides the most detailed reconstruction of dinosaur life history ever published and recounts the life of Maiasaura peeblesorum, the “good mother lizard,” that lived millions of years ago in Montana.

Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit opens enrollment for summer program

The Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit program has begun enrolling families for the 10-week summer wellness program that begins Thursday, May 12 at Whiteside Community Center, 4009 S. Pittsburg Ave.

Participants will meet each Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The program assists families with children between ages 10-16 with developing healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity.

Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit program is a partnership between OSU-CHS Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension and Tulsa Parks. For more information about the program or to sign up, call OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic coordinator Jade Goodson at 918-382-3100 or email program coordinator Sara Malone.